August 9-10, 2018

Fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty here in Bakersfield at a fraction of the cost of comparative trainings.


About GLS

For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling outcomes for attendees, including:

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Large team rate (10+ members) $149 per person. Individual participant rate $189. Student, faculty or military rate $89 per person.


World-Class Faculty

The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply.  Among this year’s lineup are: Denzel Washington, Actor, Director and Producer; Multiple Academy Award Winner; Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple; Rasmus Ankersen, Best-selling Author; Entrepreneur; Lisa Bodell, Founder & CEO, futurethink; Best-selling Author; Craig Groeschel, Co-Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church and Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor at Willowcreek Community Church.

Bill Hybels

Founder & Senior Pastor,
Willow Creek Community Church

Rasmus Ankersen

Best-selling Author;


Simon Sinek

Best-selling Author; 
Founder, Start With Why

A.R. Bernard

Founder & Senior Pastor, Christian Culture Center


Strive Masiyiwa

Founder & Chairman, Econet Group; Philanthropist


Denzel Washington

Actor, Director, Producer;
Multiple Academy Award Winner


Lisa Bodell

Founder & CEO, futurethink;
Best-selling Author


Danny Meyer

Restaurateur; TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

David Livermore, Ph.D.

President, Cultural Intelligence Center; Best-selling Author


Craig Groeschel

Co-Founder & Senior Pastor,


Angela Ahrendts

Senior Vice President of Retail,


Erwin McManus

Author, Futurist, Founder of Mosaic, Los Angeles


Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete

Founder & CEO, Quali Health; Social Entrepreneur


Rory Vaden

Best-selling Author; Co-Founder, Southwestern Consulting

I was challenged with my own leadership style, especially in communication and feedback. I learned I don't listen enough. Afterwards, I sat with my staff, asked questions, and then really listened to their responses. It was powerful for us. We use the videos and tools from GLS all year long with the people we serve.

Monsignor Craig Harrison

Pastor, St. Francis Parish

The lessons that you'll learn at the Summit are lessons that you'll take the rest of your life and make you a better person.

Greg Gallion

President & CEO, Houchin Community Blood Bank

I found the speakers to be phenomenal. They spoke about real, everyday issues. I was able to bring back ideas for my own teams. GLS is an investment in yourself, in your family, in your community and our city.

Karen Goh

Mayor, City of Bakersfield

Attending this conference helped me to see the importance of leading with integrity and gave me some very practical and inspirational ways to do that.  I left with a greater sense of responsibility for being a good leader and how I can impact everyone around me.

Ingrid Lake

1st Vice President, Republican Women

Thanks to our 2017 GLS Bakersfield Supporters


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Join a coalition of businesses, churches, nonprofits and community leaders, who through this singular event, are working to be the catalyst of change that Wichita needs. Become a church partner, sponsor the event or register to attend the live simulcast today!